MONTRÉAL – The University of Albany men’s basketball team finished its week-long, five-game trek through Canada on Thursday, finishing the trip 3-2 overall. The team spent two days in Ottawa before closing with three in Montréal, taking in a total of five games in between which they enjoyed some sightseeing.
“The trip was great for us,” said head coach Will Brown. “We played five games and five days, starting in Ottawa and finishing in Montréal. For us, the basketball has been great, but more than the basketball, the sightseeing and the amount of time we as a coaching staff have been able to spend with our guys off the court is really what has made this trip worth it.”
August 17 vs. University of Ottawa (L, 69-82)
The first game of the trip saw three Great Danes score in double-figures. Kendall Lauderdale led the way with 14 points on 7-10 shooting, while transfers JoJo Anderson and Romani Hansen each added 10. Anderson shot 6-7 from the free-throw line and Hanses grabbed nine rebounds.
Ottawa has previously defeated Drake University of the Missouri Valley Conference this summer when the teams met in Costa Rica.
August 18 vs. Carleton (L, 77-90)
The crown jewel of Canadian university basketball trailed UAlbany at the break, and was tied with five minutes to go, before pulling away at the end. Ahmad Clark scored 15 points and had five assists and five steals, while Cameron Healy scored 14 points. Lauderdale added 12 points, and Hansen scored nine points with 11 rebounds.
Carleton has won 14 of the last 17 Canadian National Championships and are the current reigning champions. They have previously beaten South Florida of the America Athletic Conference this summer, and last year defeated both Ole Miss of the SEC and Cincinnati of the AAC.
August 19 vs. McGill University (W, 90-78)
Five Great Danes scored in double-figures to secure the team’s first victory of the trip after arriving in Montréal. Healy and Hansen led the way with 16 points for UAlbany, while Clark had 15, freshman Mitch Doherty scored 14, and Malachi de Sousa scored 11 with nine rebounds. Collectively, UAlbany recorded 16 total assists and 14 total steals.
August 20 vs. Université du Québec à Montréal (W, 82-81)
The closest game of the trip saw UAlbany claim a one-point victory over UQAM. Healy scored 18 points and de Sousa added 14. Anderson once again did his damage at the line, shooting 8-9 en route to 11 points. Hansen, after flirting with a double-double in the first two games, finally got over the hump with 10 points and 12 boards.
August 21 vs. Concordia (W, 85-57)
UAlbany closed out the trip with a lopsided victory over Concordia. Anderson led UAlbany with 16 points, while Healy added 13 and Doherty scored 11. Sasha French grabbed nine rebounds to lead the team.
Concordia has defeated Quinnipiac of the MAAC this summer and are the reigning Réseau du sport étudiant du Québe conference champions.